EMA has helped thousands of students take the SSAT to apply and enroll in private schools with fee waivers. Please review the eligibility requirements below. If you meet the requirements, request a fee waiver directly from a school before registering for the SSAT.
To receive an SSAT fee waiver from an EMA member school or organization, students must meet any of the following eligibility criteria:
- Annual household income is less than 150 percent of the poverty threshold or the poverty guideline set by their country of residence or is less than 60 percent of the median household income for their country of residence.**
- The student is an orphan, a ward of the state, or homeless.
- The student is enrolled or eligible to participate in a government-subsidized food program or school-lunch program based on household income.
- The student is living in government-subsidized housing based on their household income.
- Fee waiver eligibility is not predetermined by a family’s financial need for tuition assistance.
- **For states, provinces, or regions with a high cost of living or varying thresholds, it is acceptable to use available local data to make this determination.
- Students don't have to meet the fee waiver eligibility requirements to request an Equity Tech Kit.
- SSAT fee waivers are not available directly from EMA, the provider of the SSAT.
If you receive a fee waiver, register a few weeks or months before testing to prepare with the free Online SSAT Practice.
Fee waiver codes are entered on the SSAT registration payment screen, not the SSAT Codes section that appears earlier in the signup process.
If you aren't going to use a fee waiver allocated to you, please contact the school or organization that provided it so they can give it to another student.